Minister looking for solutions.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Human resource management
(Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: August, 2008 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 8|
|Product:||Product Code: 9918000 Business Personnel Management; 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified|
|Organization:||Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
NZNO acting industrial adviser aged care, Lynley Mulrine, was part
of a delegation which met Health Minister David Cunliffe late last month
to discuss short- and long-term solutions for the problems besetting the
aged-care sector. Mulrine, Services and Food Workers' Union (SFWU)
head John Ryall and Council of Trade Unions' president Helen Kelly
talked with the Minister about low pay, the staffing crisis and the need
for training and development for the aged-care workforce.
"He was eager to talk to us and it was a useful meeting. A short-term solution is to get more money in workers' pockets, white we deal with the long-term solution of building a sustainable workforce and sustainable sector," Mulrine said.
The meeting discussed parallels between the aged-care and early childhood education sectors. There were similarities in that both sectors had not-for-profit and for-profit providers and both received government funding. "We are going to be working with the Ministers office to make progress on a tong-term strategy for the sector," Mulrine said.
Meanwhile, NZNO is pursuing mediation for those employers not wanting to participate in national multi-employer corrective agreement (MECA) negotiations. NZNO has initiated bargaining with 228 employers covering around 265 worksites in its joint Winning as One campaign with the SFWU. Mulrine hopes negotiations wilt start late this month.
She is delighted with the increase in the number of caregivers joining NZNO. Caregiver membership reached 5077 at the end of Jury, compared to 4763 three months ago.
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